Scheduling Construction Inspections and Reinspections

Last updated Aug. 07, 2018 - 4:11 pm

The Building & Safety Division of the Development Services Department conducts field inspections after permits have been issued for a construction project.

To schedule, reschedule, or cancel an inspection, call 919-857-4412, or visit the Online Development Center. To schedule an inspection after normal business hours, see After-Hours Inspections. For all other scheduling inquiries, contact the Development Services Customer Service Center at 919-996-2500.

Some projects require a particular sequence of inspections. For example, prior to scheduling a framing inspection, all trade and rough-in inspections must be approved.

A code violation may result in an inspection status of "rejection." After the code violation is corrected, a reinspection may be scheduled.


All permits must be approved and issued.

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Certificate of Occupancy for the first occupancy permit issued
  • Certificate of Completion for subsequent occupancy permits

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
  • Permit number, project address and group number as shown on the permit
Required for Some Projects
  • Change of Contractor Form if there has been a change in contractor or the contractor was listed incorrectly
  • Conditional Service Form (application & agreement for temporary electrical and mechanical service) if the contractor is not set up for Early Release and needs a meter set before all final inspections are complete
  • Sewer Release Form package if a backflow water valve is installed
  • Third Party Inspection Agreement to allow a general contractor to perform work on a major structure after hours with monitoring provided by the structural engineer of record
  • Temporary Certificate of Occupancy to allow a tenant to occupy a fit-up space pending approval of all final inspections: Not allowed for One And Two family Dwellings.
  • Smoke Alarm Requirements
  • Contractor's Responsibility Statement

Additional Information

Expected Processing Time

  • Inspections are generally scheduled for the next business day
  • Re-inspections are also scheduled for the next business day after the payment has been processed, unless indicated otherwise
  • The Certificate of Occupancy is printed the next business day after all final inspections are complete


  • Possible fees may apply to:
    • Conditional Service (per permit)
    • Sewer Release Process
    • Re-inspections (fees must be paid before scheduling the next inspection)
    • Temporary Certificate of Occupancy
    • Certificate of Occupancy more than 30 days past the issue date
    • Certificate of Occupancy that is no longer in the system and is replaced by a City of Raleigh Form Letter
    • Copies of project information (plans, documentation, application, etc.)
    • Administrative research that requires more than one hour
    • Duplicate building card

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